Centennial Honors College Western Illinois University Undergraduate Research Day 2012 Podium Presentation Hungry? Why wait? Grab a Novel. Tenisia Adams and Ashley Hurley Faculty Mentor: Bonnie K. Sonnek English and Journalism Why has young adolescents’ interest in reading begun to dwindle? It is because media has taken over their lives and students are becoming less interested in novels. Over the course of time students have found that they do not relate to the characters in novels they are forced to read in school. Carol Booth Olsen and Kylene Beers, two educators and advocators for young adult literacy, believe young adult novels need to have characters students can relate to, as we as, real life situations students can see themselves in. After researching, we have found that young adults also agree that the reason they have no interest in reading is because they are not interested in the plot lines. More recently, students have found interest in novels that provide them with and imaginable adventure, but realistic depiction of society and the struggles of community. For instance, the novel series of The Hunger Games gives the students that young relatable character and realistic setting they have been waiting for. Our presentation will show why these more up to date young adult novels are the right choice for teachers to use in their classrooms.